The Post Oak Savannah ~ Decor in panton forum: September Views

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Sep 28, 2010 6:20 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
With the weather starting to change to a bit cooler temps, it's easy to spend more time outdoors. There are many wildflowers starting to bloom and the trees will put on their autumn colors.

This Blue Heron stops by often, looking for something to dine on at the pond.
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Sep 28, 2010 6:38 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Sulphur butterfly on zennia
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Painted Lady visiting the Tall Boneset
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Silver Spotted Skipper
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Common Buckeye is another visitor of the Tall Boneset
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This garden spider, Argiope, didn't waste any time spinning her web around this butterfly as it fluttered nearby
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Oct 1, 2010 3:07 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
This is an interesting knot at the foot of this tree's trunk... it has a hole shaped like a heart... I wonder if something is living in there.

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Oct 3, 2010 4:33 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
This sack is made by the larvae of a moth called the Bagworm Moth, Thyridopteryx ephemeraeformis which feeds on various foliage and uses its little sack as camouflage from predators.

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It's interesting that this cocoon is on a water willow & looks much like the seed pods that will later emerge on the plant.
The bagworm moth larvae is often found on Juniperus virginiana, Eastern red cedar.

Yikes... those bag worms will set up house and devour the foliage from a tree in no time.
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Oct 6, 2010 2:00 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
White Heath Aster, Symphyotrichum ericoides grows wild in mostly dry soil. We've had quite a bit of drought this year. The asters are just starting to bloom and will continue until frost.
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Camphorweed, Heterotheca subaxillaris is an annual or biennial, a tall and sprawling plant reaches approx 4 feet. Puts on a show in late summer and early fall, continued well into the winter.
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I took such a good picture of this blowfly that I had to add it!! LOL It's on Tall Boneset; many isects are attracted to this native plant.
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Here's a wasp on the same plant.
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And a cute bombus
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Another picture of the Camphorweed, Heterotheca subaxillaris

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Oct 6, 2010 2:21 PM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
Out in the meadow
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Across the pond
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Into the woods
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Oct 12, 2010 7:17 AM CST
Name: Christine
Northeast Texas, Zone 7b
I always enjoy seeing the Heath Aster come into bloom. It's a woody plant and the flowers come off of the branches, without stems. Thumb of 2010-10-12/wildflowers/23bc8a
Oct 12, 2010 7:51 AM CST
Name: Sandi
Austin, Tx Zone 8b
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Beautiful photos!

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